11:08 PM EDT 01/05/2016
Originally posted 01/04/2016 02:00PM
Who needs The Bachelor when you can marry your best friend?
Former Bachelor contestant Nikki Ferrell, who won Juan Pablo Galavis' controversial season, took to Instagram on Monday to announce the happy news of her recent engagement to longtime friend Tyler Vanloo.
Originally posted 01/06/2015 06:30AM
Nikki Ferrell isn't bitter about her time on The Bachelor. She's not even bummed that she lost out on a chance at marriage.
On the contrary, the pediatric nurse from Kansas City, Missouri, says she's actually "really happy" these days, even though she ended her relationship with The Bachelor's polarizing Juan Pablo Galavis in October.
"It didn't end because we didn't love each other or [over] a lack of communication," Ferrell told host Chris Harrison during Monday night's season 19 premiere of The Bachelor. "It just ended because of a difference of lifestyle. There was a point we said we love each other, like in a normal relationship."
Originally posted 10/27/2014 07:05PM
Nikki Ferrell might be swearing off roses for awhile.
Originally posted 10/27/2014 11:00AM
Is it the end of the road for Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell?
Originally posted 10/22/2014 08:00PM
During the latest season of VH1's Couples Therapy, viewers have watched former Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and girlfriend Nikki Ferrell struggle over how he expresses his affection. (Hint: He still hasn't said "I love you.")
But Jenn Berman, the no-nonsense psychotherapist behind the show, says they're coming along as a couple.
"Juan Pablo and Nikki have evolved through their therapy," she tells PEOPLE. "But there's more work to be done. There are some specific things about Juan Pablo that have caused him to hold back, but both he and Nikki open up more and more as they go through therapy."
Originally posted 10/15/2014 10:30AM
Juan Pablo Galavis is used to public scrutiny of his relationships. When he was on The Bachelor, the former soccer player, 33, drew fire for declining to propose to girlfriend Nikki Ferrell at the end of the season.
Now appearing on Couples Therapy, he has taken a lot of heat for waiting to say "I love you" to Ferrell.
The backlash has been brutal – and not just for Galavis. After a recent episode, Twitter erupted with hateful tweets aimed at Ferrell, 27, calling her names for staying in the relationship. It got so overwhelming that Ferrell, who admits to being hurt by online chatter, suspended her Twitter account.
Despite the online drama, Galavis tells PEOPLE that he and Ferrell are still going strong. In an exclusive interview, he talks to PEOPLE about reality TV, Internet bullies, and why he hasn't said those three little words.
Originally posted 09/17/2014 06:45PM
No one ever said that relationships are easy, as The Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and girlfriend Nikki Ferrell have found out firsthand.
Originally posted 09/11/2014 12:40PM
Just one episode into VH1's Couples Therapy, things have already gotten raw between The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell.
Originally posted 09/01/2014 03:15AM
First comes love, then comes Couples Therapy.
Originally posted 08/13/2014 01:55PM
It was the first birthday they spent together.
Sometimes holding hands, sometimes kissing on the dance floor, Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis and girlfriend Nikki Ferrell were all smiles as they celebrated Galavis's 33rd birthday on Thursday at the Flamingo Theater Bar in Miami.
There was plenty of PDA as the couple – who ended up together (but not engaged) on Season 18 of the reality show – mingled with guests, including Galavis's father, Saul, and sister, Anna. Sipping on scotch, Galavis introduced Ferrell to many of his friends whom she had never before met.
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